Meet the Academy Board

NACTT Academy Board of Directors

 

M. Regina Thomas
President
Board of Directors

M. Regina Thomas was appointed Clerk of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Georgia, on September 1, 2009. The Court maintains Divisional Offices in Atlanta, Newnan, Rome and Gainesville, GA. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Thomas was Managing Attorney for the Bankruptcy Group at the law firm of McCalla Raymer, LLC in Atlanta, GA. and served as Assistant United States Trustee for the Southern District of Florida for three years. Beginning in 1992, Ms. Thomas served as the Standing Chapter 13 Trustee for the Northern District of Georgia for almost 12 years. During this time, she administered the largest Chapter 13 caseload in the country and was responsible for approximately $90 million per year in disbursements to creditors and attorneys. During her tenure as Chapter 13 Trustee, Ms. Thomas served as President of the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees for the 2000-2001 year and was chair of the annual educational seminar in New York City in 1999. Since 1992, Ms. Thomas has been a frequent speaker at bankruptcy and business seminars, including seminars presented by the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees, National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, American Bankruptcy Institute, United States Trustee Program, State Bar of Georgia, The Florida Bar, University of Miami School of Law, Stetson School of Law, McCalla Raymer Women’s Law Symposium, National Labor Relations Board, and various other state and federal agencies. Along with the Honorable W. Homer Drake, Jr., Ms. Thomas was the co-author of the Thomson-West publication, Chapter 13 Practice and Procedure from 2003-2006. In 2009, she edited the ABI publication Chapter 13 in 13 Chapters, written by William J. McLeod. This book is among the ABI’s top selling reference guides.

Amrane Cohen
Amrane Cohen
Secretary/Treasurer

Amrane Cohen is the Standing Chapter 13 Trustee for the Santa Ana Division of the Central District in California. He was appointed a standing trustee in 1993. Amrane is the current Treasurer of the NACTT Academy. He is a past president of the NACTT. Prior to his appointment as standing trustee, Amrane was an executive at a financial services firm and a consultant with a “Big 8″ accounting firm. He holds an MBA from UCLA in Finance and Information Systems.

Kevin R. Anderson
Board of Directors

Kevin R. Anderson was appointed as a Standing Chapter 13 Trustee for the District of Utah in 1998, and currently administers 12,000 Chapter 13 cases. Mr. Anderson is the past-President of the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees (NACTT), and he is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. He is a frequent speaker and writer on Chapter 13 issues, including for The Norton Bankruptcy Law Advisor, the ABI Journal, and the NACTT Quarterly. He has served on a number of national committees regarding Chapter 13 legislation, rules, forms, and policy. Prior to his appointment as Chapter 13 trustee, Mr. Anderson practiced for thirteen years in the area of commercial litigation with an emphasis in civil fraud, real property, and representing Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 trustees. Mr. Anderson clerked for the Honorable David N. Naugle, United States Bankruptcy Judge, Central District of California.

 

Jan P. Johnson
Board of Directors

Mr. Johnson served as a Chapter 13 Trustee for the District of Puerto Rico from 1989 to 1998 when he was appointed as Chapter 13 Trustee for the Eastern District of California, Sacramento Division. Mr. Johnson retired from the Puerto Rico Air National Guard in 1995 with the rank of Brigadier General. He was a founding member of the National Guard Association of Puerto Rico and has served as its president. Mr. Johnson is an active national speaker on consumer bankruptcy issues, and currently serves as a member of the Liaison Committee of NACTT.

 

Henry E. Hildebrand, III
Board of Directors

Henry E. Hildebrand, III has served as Standing Trustee for Chapter 13 matters in the Middle District of Tennessee since 1982 and as Standing Chapter 12 Trustee for that district since 1986.  He also is of counsel to the Nashville law firm of Lassiter, Tidwell, Davis, Keller & Hogan, PLLC. Mr. Hildebrand graduated from Vanderbilt University and received his J.D. from the National Law Center of George Washington University.  He is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and serves on its Education Committee.  He is Board Certified in consumer bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification.  He is Chairman of the Legislative and Legal Affairs Committee for the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees (NACTT). In addition, he is on the Board of Directors for the NACTT Academy for Consumer Bankruptcy Education, Inc. Mr. Hildebrand has served as case notes author for The Quarterly, a newsletter dealing with consumer bankruptcy issues and Chapter 13 practice in particular, since 1991.  He is a regular contributor to the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal.  He is an adjunct faculty member for the Nashville School of Law and St. Johns University School of Law.

 

Beverly M. Burden
Beverly M. Burden
Board of Directors

Beverly M. Burden, Lexington, Kentucky, has served as the Chapter 13 Trustee for the Eastern District of Kentucky since 1999. From 1987 to 1999, she served as Law Clerk to Bankruptcy Judge Joe Lee. Prior to her tenure with the Bankruptcy Court, she was an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, where she concentrated on consumer fraud litigation. She earned her J.D. degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1983 and holds a B.B.A. degree in Accounting. Ms. Burden has served on the faculty of the annual meeting of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, the annual convention of the National Association of Chapter Thirteen Trustees, the Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar, the Judge Joe Lee Biennial Bankruptcy Institute, and numerous other regional and local CLE programs. She was the 1997 recipient of the Kentucky Bar Association’s Justice Thomas B. Spain Award For Outstanding Service in Continuing Legal Education.

 

Mary Viegelahn
Board of Directors

Prior to attending law school she was a Congressional Aide for Congressman Robert Davis. While attending law school Ms. Viegelahn was a law clerk for the Michigan Department of Corrections specializing in the defense of Section 1983 actions brought by prisoners. She received a JD in 1989 from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She was in private practice for 10 years with Rayman & Hamlin representing Chapter 11 debtors, creditor committees, secured creditors, chapter 7 and 11 trustees, and Chapter 12 debtors. On April 1, 2000, she was appointed as Chapter 13 Trustee for the Western District of Michigan and eventually consolidated two additional trusteeships. On March 1, 2010 she was appointed Chapter 13 Trustee for the San Antonio Division of the Western District of Texas.

She is admitted to the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, and the State Bar of Michigan. She is past Chair of the Bankruptcy Steering Committee for the Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Michigan and past Editor of the Bankruptcy Newsletter for the Western District of Michigan. She is a former adjunct professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She is a speaker for ABI, NACTT, Federal Bar Association, National Business Institute, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, National Advocacy Center, State Bar of Texas – Bankruptcy Section, and other organizations. She is the current Editor of the NACTT Quarterly Journal and a member of the Board of the NACTT Academy.

 

John Gustafson
Board of Directors

John Gustafson has been a bankruptcy law clerk, an associate and partner in a law firm that did both debtor and creditor representation, a solo bankruptcy practitioner representing debtors, banks and trustees, the staff attorney for a Chapter 13 trustee, and since October 1, 2007 he has been the Standing Chapter 13 Trustee for the Northern District of Ohio, Western Division.  Trustee Gustafson regularly writes and speaks on a variety bankruptcy issues.

 

Mark Leffler
Board of Directors

Mark C. Leffler is a shareholder and chief counsel for the Boleman Law Firm, P.C., Virginia’s largest consumer debtor practice. Mark joined Boleman in July 2000 and attended his first NACTT conference about one week later. He has since attended ten NACTT annual conferences, including the Advanced Practice Institute on two such occasions, and he attributes everything he knows about Chapter 13 to NACTT. He has served as a panelist at NACTT annual conferences in 2006, 2009, 2010, and 2011, and has written several articles published by NACTT Academy on Chapter 13 bankruptcy subjects. Recently, he was honored to be the first debtor’s attorney to join the Board of Directors of the NACTT Academy. He is a frequent speaker and author on bankruptcy matters for Virginia CLE programs and he is the Editor for the Virginia State Bar Bankruptcy Section’s “Bankruptcy Law News”. He has been selected as a member of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” every year since 2007 in the bankruptcy practice category published by Virginia Business magazine. Mark received his law degree from Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a member of the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees, Virginia State Bar, Bankruptcy Section, Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar Association, Virginia Beach Bar Association, and the NACTT Academy. Mark lives in Norfolk, Virginia with his wife, Leigh, and their two children and budding musical theater actors, Jacob and Maggie.

Staff
William Houston
Editor and Advisor

The Honorable William Houston Brown retired in 2006 as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Tennessee, and he had been designated to sit also in the Middle District of Tennessee, Southern District of Florida, Eastern District of Michigan and Western District of Kentucky. Judge Brown served a four-year term on the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Sixth Circuit from 1999 through 2002. He received his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he was Order of the Coif. Judge Brown is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, having served on its Board and Executive Committee, and he is a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy. He is the author or co-author of several texts, including Bankruptcy Exemption Manual, 2005 Bankruptcy Reform Legislation with Analysis 1st and 2d editions, Bankruptcy and Domestic Relations Manual, The Law of Debtors and Creditors, as well as bankruptcy form books, all published by Thomson West. He is also a principal contributing editor for Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice 3rd, published by Thomson West. Judge Brown prepares a quarterly update of consumer cases for the Federal Judicial Center, which distributes those materials to all bankruptcy judges, and he is a speaker at the Federal Judicial Center’s annual seminars for bankruptcy judges. He also speaks regularly at seminars throughout the United States, on consumer bankruptcy topics. Judge Brown co-authors Chapter 13 Bankruptcy 4th ed., a digital publication, available at ch13online.com. Judge Brown also acts as a mediator in bankruptcy-related disputes, has conducted mock trials, and has testified as an expert witness in bankruptcy court proceedings.

Regina Logsdon
Director of Public Outreach

Ms. Logsdon has worked in the bankruptcy arena for over 30 years. Little did she know at the ripe ‘mature’ age of 19 that preparing proofs of claim for Jim Walter Homes (the Cadillac of modular homes back in the day) would lead to a life-long career in bankruptcy. She moved from the creditor side of things to assist a Chapter 7 panel trustee. Ms. Logsdon spent 20 years working directly for or affiliated with Henry E. Hildebrand, III. She spent 17 of those years as Hildebrand’s administrative assistant and gleaned mountains of useless knowledge. For the past five years, she has poured her heart and soul into the NACTT Academy watching it evolve into a premier site for all things educational in the Chapter 13 world.

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NACTT Academy Former Board of Directors
Carl L. Bekofske
Carl L. Bekofske
Board of Directors
Carl.Bekofske@ConsiderChapter13.org

Mr. Bekofske has served as Chapter 13 Trustee for the Eastern District of Michigan since 1985. He is an experienced educator, having been an adjunct professor of law at Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan from 1992-1994. Mr. Bekofske currently serves as the Genesee County (Michigan) Public Administrator, serving as fiduciary in the administration of estates with unknown heirs. He has served on the boards of directors of the Community Foundation in Flint and the Michigan Prospect for Renewed Citizenship in Lansing. He has been a board member and president of the Genesee County Bar Association and currently serves as the president of the Genesee County Bar Foundation. Mr. Bekofske brings to the Academy Board of Directors long experience in the training and evaluation of attorneys, the operations of bar associations, and the educational training programs utilized by such groups.

Andrea E. Celli
Andrea E. Celli
Board of Directors

Ms. Celli has served as the Chapter 13 Standing Trustee for the Northern District of New York in Albany since 1995.  Her office currently administers approximately 6,000 pending Chapter 13 cases and disburses approximately $30 Million to creditors each year.  She is an attorney, licensed in the State of New York, and received a J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University and an LL.M. in American Banking Law Studies from Boston University School of Law.  Ms. Celli is a frequent lecturer for the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Capital Region Bankruptcy Bar Association, the Capital District Women’s Bar Association, and the Albany Law School of Union University.  Ms. Celli has served on the board of directors of a number of charitable and non-profit organizations including the Capital District Community Land Trust and EBA Center for Dance and Movement.  She brings to the Academy the experience of a nationally respected expert on consumer bankruptcy, and an experienced leader of tax exempt and charitable organizations.

 

Kathleen A. Leavitt
Kathleen A. Leavitt
Board of Directors

Ms. Leavitt has served as a Standing Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee for the District of Nevada since 1981. She has served as editor of The Quarterly, a publication dealing with Chapter 13 bankruptcy and consumer bankruptcy matters for over ten years. She was president of the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees in 1997 and currently chairs its Bankruptcy Rules Committee. She also serves on the NACTT IRS Liaison Committee and Publication Editorial Board. From 1995 through 2005, Ms. Leavitt served on the Executive Board of Consumer Credit Counseling of Southern Nevada. She has prepared and presented educational programs for the American Bankruptcy Institute, the State Bar of Nevada, and the Southern Nevada Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys, and the Department of Justice – U.S. Trustee Program.